Wildfire Update April 7, 2017

April 5th, 2017 Wildfire on Ganier Ridge Response. Pix by Steve Ward

On Wednesday, April 5th a wildfire occurred along the Ganier Ridge Trail at Radnor Lake. Approximately 1 acre burned in the area adjacent to bench #41 with tree tops on fire as high as 30 feet. Wind gust of 40 mph and the remote location of this wildfire created some challenges for the ranger staff and other responders working in the dark to ensure it did not get outside the fire containment area.

 

Metro Fire Dept, Metro Police, Metro Parks Police, TN Division of Forestry, TN Division of Natural Areas and our sister state parks were an enormous asset to ensure this did not get away from us.  We were fortunate on several fronts, the ranger staff was able to get to the fire rather quickly and called in resources we needed to keep this from being a bigger deal.  The satellite cities of Oak Hill and Forest Hills were notified during this response to help spread the word and rangers also went door to door on adjoining neighbors.

 

In addition, 11 rangers from other state parks responded to assist the park ranger staff at Radnor Lake so that we could work this wildfire response throughout the night and ensure it stayed contained.

 

Wildfire response is something the park ranger staff annually trains for to be prepared on these types of incidents thanks to support from Tennessee State Parks Leadership and Friends of Radnor Lake. This ensures the ranger staff had the resources they needed to respond to this incident and contain it quickly.

 

The cause of this fire is currently under investigation by Tennessee Division of Forestry and Tennessee State Parks.

April 5th, 2017 Wildfire on Ganier Ridge Response. Pix by Steve Ward

April 5th, 2017 Wildfire on Ganier Ridge Response. Pix by Steve Ward

April 5th, 2017 Wildfire on Ganier Ridge Response. Pix by Steve Ward

April 5th, 2017 Wildfire on Ganier Ridge Response. Pix by Steve Ward

April 5th, 2017 Wildfire on Ganier Ridge Response. Pix by Steve Ward

April 5th, 2017 Wildfire on Ganier Ridge Response. Pix by Steve Ward

Thank you to all of the support from our park visitors, neighbors, Friends of Radnor Lake, Tennessee State Parks, Tennessee Division of Natural Areas, Tennessee Division of Forestry and Metro Nashville Fire/Police/Parks during this wildfire incident!